painted metal chairs || CHALK PAINT® decorative paint

I have received a lot of emails and some FB messages about my painted metal dining room chairs.  I thought I would post just a short "how to"!

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I had purchased four metal chairs from Overstock last year.  I like that they are durable, inexpensive and I just like the look.  When we refinished our "new" table, I purchased four new chairs as this table can seat 10.  As soon as Mr. UPS delivered the chairs, I realized the brown color wasn't working for me in the new dining area.

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Here is a photo of the brown chairs for the kiddos table at Thanksgiving.

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Here is a photo of the chairs painted.  One of the many reasons I love, and use Chalk Paint® decorative paint, is that it goes over virtually any surface.  If you have ever tried spray painting metal chairs, you know what a pain that can be!!  The Chalk Paint® works beautifully on metal!

  1.  Scuff metal using fine grit sandpaper (I used 220) or steel wool.
  2. Clean metal with warm soapy water, rinse with warm water and dry completely.
  3. Apply two coats of paint, I used OLD WHITE.
  4. If you want a distressed look - once the paint is dry, distress the paint by sanding the edges and places where the chair would naturally wear.
  5. Apply two coats of Annie Sloan lacquer to seal and protect.

I love the look, in this dining room, better with the white chairs.  I will probably paint them again in the future, and that's just another reason I love this paint :-)